Luxology brings kitbashing to digital art

Model Bashing Kit is a set of pre-built models and textures for creating elaborate technical structures or realistic cockpits and instrument panels.

Digital artists who like—or need—to create highly detailed virtual interior forms for science fiction or industrial visualization projects have a new tool at their disposal. Luxology has introduced Model Bashing Kit for Modo 501, a collection of specialized pre-built models and textures that allow Modo 501 users to quickly construct highly detailed virtual forms for science fiction or industrial visualization projects.

Cockpit instrumentation created using the Model Bashing Kit in Modo 501. (Source: Luxology)

Prior to the advent of affordable computer workstations, model making with pre-manufactured plastic kits of planes, cars and boats was a popular hobby. “Kitbashing” was the term used for the practice of creating one-of-a-kind models (often of elaborate spaceships) out of components taken from multiple commercial kits. Luxology has borrowed the idea and brought it into the digital era.

“We love spaceships and wanted to make it possible for any Modo user to quickly create super technically detailed exteriors or interiors that are absolutely unique,” said Brad Peebler, president and co-founder of Luxology. The Model Bashing Kit provides users with a similar capability to quickly construct highly detailed virtual forms for science fiction or industrial visualization projects.

Model Bashing Kit was developed by Andy Brown of Luxology. It contains specialized pre-built models and textures for creating elaborate technical structures or realistic cockpits and instrument panels. There are 230 mesh presets, 90 image maps, and focused new tools for quickly arraying and adding details across a surface. The Kit also includes five training videos and two project tutorials that guide Modo users through the creation of a cockpit and a spaceship conduit.

Luxology is also offering a new Spaceship Modeling Tutorial for those wanting a guided introduction to the process of creating a spaceship model from design drawings. This is a series of downloadable videos that provide step-by-step instruction in modeling a spaceship based on original artwork commissioned by James Robbins, a concept designer on the TV series Stargate for ten years. A portion of the video tutorials covers adding intricate surface detail via “model bashing.”

Model Bashing Kit is available now from Luxology and authorized resellers for $99. The optional Spaceship Tutorial series contains five videos, sample files and a set of 2D concept drawings, and is $35. Both products are designed for use with Modo 501.

More information: http://www.luxology.com/store/modelbashingkit.

Spacecraft interior created with Luxology’s new Model Bashing Kit for Modo 501. (Source: Luxology)

 

 

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Randall S. Newton is the former Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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